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April 10/10 14:28 pm - Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco: Stage 6


Posted by Editoress on 04/10/10
 

Three Team RadioShack victories in one week; veteran Chris Horner is responsible for two of them. Horner (38) won the last stage, a 22 kilometre time trial, as well as the overall title in the Tour of the Basque Country (ProTour). After having won 16 professional stage races in America and Asia during his career, Chris Horner won his first European stage race by taking the final victory in the challenging Vuelta a País Vasco (April, 5th-10th).

“Last year I just missed the victory in the Tour de l’Ain, because of respiratory problems. Earlier I was close too in the the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse. Now finally I am on the highest place of the podium. Seventeen stage race wins is not bad, but I think this is the nicest one," commented a delighted winner.

“I had good legs today, but honestly, the whole week I had good legs. Yesterday I saved some forces because I wanted to be super today in the time trial. Already from day one in this race I was confident about this time trial.”

Rolling down the start ramp in Orio today Horner needed one second to catch race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne). Looking steady and calm on the bike, Horner displayed laser-like focus throughout his ride and steadily gained on his Spanish rival. He stopped the clock at 32:33 for first place with only Valverde still to arrive. But Valverde struggled on the bike and lost eight seconds to Horner, dropping to second place on the general classification.

Driving the car behind Horner was Team Director Viatcheslav Ekimov, who was barely able to contain his joy at the end of the stage. “Chris is the man!” exclaimed Eki. “When I saw Chris warming up this morning I saw what concentration he had and I thought to myself, ‘Oh boy, this is going to be good, he means business!’ He made no mistakes, showed perfect bike handling skills and was a real power house. The TT bike worked super.” Asked about his emotions behind the wheel, Eki continued with, “I couldn’t stop talking on the radio. I was yelling his split times, giving him Valverde’s times and in general just yelling ‘Go! Go! Go!’”

Team Manager Johan Bruyneel (winner of the time trial in the Tour of the Basque Country in 1991) shared the enthusiasm for the win: “I am very happy for the Team, but especially for Chris. He deserves this after all his bad luck last year. This is a big victory. After the Tour, Giro and Vuelta are Dauphiné, Switzerland and Basque Country as the hardest races to win. Chris gets better with the years.”

After last year’s continuous bad luck with various crashes and injuries, Horner came storming back into the season with excellent form. Before heading to the Tour of California, Horner will participate in the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “With the same ambition to win," continued Horner. “I crashed very bad in Liège last year in the Tour of Spain, but that had nothing to do with ‘the’ Liège-classic. If you are not motivated for Liège-Bastogne-Liège, it’s time to retire. My moment hasn’t come yet."


Team RadioShack Press release

 

Ryder Hesjedal finished 19th on the stage and 12th overall.  Christian Meier  took home the Sprint jersey, after holding it from stage 1


Stage 6: Eibar to Aia to Orio ITT, 22 Km
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 32:33
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne at 0:08
3 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:13
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:18
5 Benat Intxausti (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:21
6 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:23
7 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 0:25
8 Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Team Katusha 0:33
9 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:33
10 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack 0:34
11 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 0:39
12 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:41
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:47
14 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:54
15 Fuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack 1:03
16 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 1:06
17 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 1:12
18 Gustavo Cesar (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 1:14
19 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 1:21
20 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:22
21 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Team Radioshack 1:23
22 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 1:23
23 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1:25
24 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 1:29
25 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 1:31
26 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 1:37
27 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 1:38
28 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions 1:42
29 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:44
30 Egoi Martinez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:48
31 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 1:52
32 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:58
33 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 1:58
34 Andre Steenson (Den) Team Saxo Bank 2:04
35 Ezequiel Mosquera (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 2:04
36 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 2:06
37 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 2:07
38 Delio Fernandez (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 2:10
39 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Rabobank 2:10
40 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 2:14
41 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 2:14
42 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:16
43 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram 2:21
44 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 2:21
45 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 2:21
46 Daniel Navarro (Esp) Astana 2:21
47 Serafin Martinez (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 2:23
48 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2:23
49 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 2:27
50 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram 2:30
51 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana 2:31
52 Nicolas Portal (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 2:35
53 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 2:38
54 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 2:38
55 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 2:38
56 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux 2:40
57 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 2:40
58 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team 2:42
59 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team HTC - Columbia 2:47
60 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2:49
61 Ivan Velasco (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 2:50
62 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 2:50
63 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 2:51
64 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 2:52
65 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:52
66 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 2:54
67 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto 2:55
68 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions 2:57
69 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step 2:57
70 Oscar Freire (Esp) Rabobank 2:59
71 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 3:00
72 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 3:04
73 Gonzalo Rabunal (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 3:10
74 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 3:10
75 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana 3:11
76 Michael Albasini (Sui) Team HTC - Columbia 3:11
77 Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack 3:11
78 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 3:13
79 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step 3:14
80 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:19
81 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha 3:23
82 Ruben Perez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 3:24
83 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 3:25
84 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale 3:30
85 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:32
86 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Esp) Footon-Servetto 3:34
87 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:35
88 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana 3:39
89 David Arroyo (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 3:39
90 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 3:40
91 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux 3:41
92 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 3:47
93 Alberto Benitez (Esp) Footon-Servetto 3:49
94 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack 3:52
95 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana 4:00
96 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions 4:00
97 Alan Perez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4:02
98 Sergio Carrasco (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 4:04
99 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 4:04
100 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 4:06
101 Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4:09
102 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step 4:13
103 José Luis Arrieta (Esp) AG2R La Mondiale 4:16
104 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions 4:16
105 David Loosli (Sui) Lampre-Farnese Vini 4:21
106 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 4:31
107 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 4:41
108 Iban Mayoz (Esp) Footon-Servetto 4:43
109 Davide Vigano (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team 4:43
110 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto 4:50
111 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 4:50
112 Manuel Calvente (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 4:52
113 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 5:06
114 Juan Javier Estrada (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 5:25
115 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha 5:28
116 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 5:34
117 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 6:01
118 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto 6:07
119 David De La Fuente (Esp) Astana 6:27
120 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 11:43
 
Final GC
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 23:27:30
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne at 0:07
3 Benat Intxausti (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:58
4 Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Team Katusha 1:06
5 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:10
6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 1:18
7 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux 1:47
8 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1:58
9 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 1:59
10 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 2:27
11 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:37
12 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 2:41
13 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Team Radioshack 2:43
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 2:58
15 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 3:30
16 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 4:13
17 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 5:09
18 Ivan Velasco (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 6:35
19 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack 6:44
20 Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia 6:54
21 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana 7:40
22 David Lopez Garcia (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 7:40
23 Daniel Navarro (Esp) Astana 10:13
24 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 10:45
25 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 11:26
26 Manuel Vazquez Hueso (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 12:22
27 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 13:03
28 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 13:13
29 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 14:37
30 David Arroyo (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 14:57
31 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team 14:59
32 Ezequiel Mosquera (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 15:07
33 David Loosli (Sui) Lampre-Farnese Vini 15:44
34 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 15:44
35 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 15:52
36 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Rabobank 16:36
37 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 16:42
38 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 16:44
39 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 16:53
40 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team 17:26
41 Oscar Freire (Esp) Rabobank 19:01
42 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 19:04
43 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 19:44
44 Egoi Martinez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 20:33
45 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale 20:55
46 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 21:21
47 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux 22:18
48 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 22:20
49 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana 23:00
50 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 23:02
51 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 23:45
52 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 23:51
53 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 25:29
54 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 25:33
55 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 26:18
56 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 26:27
57 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 27:09
58 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Esp) Footon-Servetto 28:35
59 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 29:22
60 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana 29:43
61 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 29:49
62 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack 30:02
63 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 30:14
64 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 30:59
65 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank 31:18
66 David De La Fuente (Esp) Astana 31:42
67 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram 31:52
68 Serafin Martinez (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 32:08
69 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 32:23
70 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 33:23
71 Ruben Perez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 33:27
72 Nicolas Portal (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 33:42
73 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto 33:47
74 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 34:23
75 Michael Albasini (Sui) Team HTC - Columbia 34:27
76 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 34:57
77 Delio Fernandez (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 35:07
78 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step 35:54
79 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha 37:03
80 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions 39:07
81 Manuel Calvente (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 39:19
82 Gustavo Cesar (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 39:36
83 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Team HTC - Columbia 39:37
84 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 39:56
85 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team 40:01
86 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha 40:11
87 Davide Vigano (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team 41:31
88 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 43:13
89 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana 43:57
90 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions 44:38
91 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions 45:18
92 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne 46:10
93 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux 47:34
94 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions 47:53
95 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 48:14
96 Iban Mayoz (Esp) Footon-Servetto 48:19
97 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 48:33
98 Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack 48:35
99 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step 48:53
100 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 50:01
101 Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 51:38
102 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 52:56
103 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram 53:06
104 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto 55:11
105 Andre Steenson (Den) Team Saxo Bank 56:08
106 Alan Perez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 56:51
107 José Luis Arrieta (Esp) AG2R La Mondiale 57:40
108 Alberto Benitez (Esp) Footon-Servetto 58:39
109 Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 1:00:04
110 Gonzalo Rabunal (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 1:01:39
111 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quick Step 1:02:30
112 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 1:04:39
113 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana 1:05:16
114 Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:05:27
115 Sergio Carrasco (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 1:06:13
116 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:14:30
117 Fuyu Li (Chn) Team Radioshack 1:20:13
118 Juan Javier Estrada (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 1:23:36
119 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto 1:23:54
 
Sprint GC
1 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions 14 pts
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 9
3 Egoi Martinez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 9
4 Michael Albasini (Sui) Team HTC - Columbia 9
5 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha 8
6 Iban Mayoz (Esp) Footon-Servetto 4
7 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 4
8 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana 3
9 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 3
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions 2
11 Daniel Navarro (Esp) Astana 2
12 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram 2
13 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 2
14 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 2
15 Alberto Benitez (Esp) Footon-Servetto 2
16 Gonzalo Rabunal (Esp) Xacobeo Galicia 2
17 Sergio Carrasco (Esp) Andalucia - Cajasur 2
18 David Loosli (Sui) Lampre-Farnese Vini 1
19 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1
20 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 1
21 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions 1
22 Martin Pedersen (Den) Footon-Servetto 1

 


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